In the month since the general election I have received hundreds of very kind letters, cards, texts, phone calls, other messages and visitors to our office.
So many people have thanked my staff team and Liberal Democrat colleagues here in Southwark for work that we have done together for local residents, families, businesses and organisations over the years. While I am working as quickly as I can to reply personally to everybody who has contacted me, it will take a couple of weeks to complete this.
So to reach as many people as quickly as possible, I want now to say a huge thank you for so many generous, kind and thoughtful expressions of support. All this has made the privilege of having been the local MP for so long even greater and my love and appreciation for our wonderful people and communities even more.
Rt Hon Simon Hughes, former MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark